Domaine Sylvain Dussort

Year Established: 1982
Location: Meursault, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy
Size: 6.5 hectares
Varieties: Aligoté, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Viticulture: Sustainable
Vinification: Spontaneous fermentation, vats and oak barrels (small percentage new)

Domaine Sylvain Dussort is tucked away on the outskirts of Meursault, on the road down toward the Hôpital de Meursault. The domaine was founded by Sylvain’s father, and his grandparents were in the wine business as well – they were coopers. Sylvain and his wife took over in the early 1980s, and now their daughter Clotilde works closely with them.
The cellar is small, as is the domaine. They make an Aligoté , two versions of Bourgogne Blanc, three Meursaults, and a Bourgogne Rouge (which definitely punches above its weight). The Bourgogne Blanc “Cuvée des Ormes” is from 40 to 60+ year old vines that are adjacent to Meursault. The wine ferments and ages in barrels (15 to 20% new, depending on the vintage), and is then racked off, to spend another six months or so gathering itself before being bottled. The Meursault Vieilles Vignes is a blend from vineyards all over the village, most planted in the late 1950s & early 1960s. The soils vary – from shallow and hard, to deep and rich – which adds to the complexity of the wine. It is aged in barrels (20% new) for 18 months. Meursault “Le Limozin” is village-level wine, but the vines are surrounded on almost all sides by Premier Crus: Poruzot to the north, Genevrières to the west, and Charmes to the south. Also raised in barrel (20% new), it is bottled about a year and a half after harvest. The Bourgogne Rouge comes from vineyards on the Volnay side of town, just below Les Santenots. It’s all de-stemmed, then fermented in wooden vats using spontaneous fermentation. Aging takes place in vats and barrels, on the lees for 12 months.